All That Remains Premiere Two New Songs, "Madness" and "Safe House"
All That Remains have dropped two new singles, “Madness” and “Safe House,” which are taken from their forthcoming eighth studio album.The effort, for which the title has yet to be revealed, is tentatively scheduled for an April release. The songs can be heard below.
While speaking with Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin about the new singles, vocalist Phil Labonte explained that “Madness” is about individuals who fall intro destructive cycles while “Safe House” was inspired by Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ series, which is about a vigilante killer.
“People tend to kind of get into kind of ruts in their lives or into patterns, and they keep doing the same thing over and over, even though it doesn’t produce the results they’re hoping for,” he explained of “Madness.” “You can see a lot of societal cycles where nations just keep doing the same kind of stuff over, and it doesn’t always have great results. But still, it seems like a good idea. So, that’s kind of the idea is like human beings, whether you’re talking about individuals or large groups, they get into these kinds of cycles of repetitive things that can be really destructive, and so that’s kind of what I’m thinking, that’s what ‘madness’ is.”
Speaking of the song “Safe House,” Labonte added, “The idea behind it was like, you know, what if like Dexter wasn’t a forensic guy for the police but was a dude that just kind of set his house up so that it invited home invasion, and he used that as his excuse for smoking people?” he explained, “Kind of like it leads the character into the house and into a place where [Dexter] can get away with killing people.”
During an interview about the new record with Revolver for our October/November 2016 issue, Labonte explained: “We wanted to mix it up a little bit and write from a vocal perspective this time. So I went to L.A. and came up with vocal ideas and melodies and then sent those chord progressions back to Oli [Herbert, guitarist] and he wrote riffs in response to that, turned the record into a vocal album as opposed to a guitar album. And that affected some things. Like, there might be less intricacy in the riffs because they were written in response to my voice.” The full excerpt can be read here.
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